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FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Childhood obesity is a critical health problem in the United States and today, 1 in 3 children are either overweight or obese. Long-term, children who suffer from childhood obesity are at risk to develop health issues later in life such as, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and psychological problems. Minor changes in your and your family's everyday lifestyle can have major impact on healthy and wellness. 

SIMPLE TIPS FOR LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

  • Plan healthy family meals for the week with your children
  • Move every day – even if it is just a simple walk.
  • Stock fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of chips and sweets. 
  • Reduce your child's screen time and limit it to a certain amount of time each day. 
  • Set achieveable goals for yourself and your family
  • Plan physical activity as a family

 

TRACKING YOUR ACHIEVEMENT

Parents and caregivers play a key role in making healthy choices for children and also teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves. One way to ensure that you stick to your and your family's healthy goals is tracking your diet and exercise daily. Keeping a food diary and logging fitness hours will track your progress and keep you motivated to keep going!

ONLINE RESOURCES TO TRACK ACTIVITY AND DIET

www.myfitnesspal.com

www.myfooddiary.com

www.loseit.com

PRINT MATERIALS TO TRACK ACTIVITY AND DIET

Food Diary

Physical Activity Log

PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

Nutritionists

Pediatricians

CHECK OUT MICHELLE OBAMA'S LET'S MOVE CAMPAIGN FOR MORE IDEAS ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS – www.letsmove.gov